Saturday Afternoon Horses: Sagamore Farm Taking Racing ‘To The Next Level’

When Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank started Sagamore Racing 10 years ago, his plan was to play at the top echelon of the sport, according to the Baltimore Sun. Despite a Breeders’ Cup winner in 2010, Sagamore had started struggling to find the winner’s circle in the Saturday afternoon races.

Plank had never been shy about announcing his goal to win Triple Crown races, and decided to revamp the organization about 2 1/2 years ago. He promoted in-house personnel to engineer the change and adding external trainers for developed stock.

So far, so good: Recruiting Ready was a strong juvenile candidate with four victories last year, and Plank is excited about this year’s crop of 2-year-olds as well.

“I don’t think it was a reset,” said the relatively new Sagamore president Hunter Rankin. “The core philosophy is the same. A lot of the people are the same. We had a very good foundation of horses here in order to take it to the next level.”

Adds the promoted farm trainer Horacio De Paz: “We hope with time, we’re more consistent on the national stage. I think we’re close. Obviously you build horses to try to do that and then it’s on them to show that in the afternoon. But I would think the way things are going, if we stay consistent, we should be able to do it.”

Read more at the Baltimore Sun.

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